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Pasta

I’ve never made pasta before, but I’ve always wanted to give it a go, and now I have my shiny KitchenAid pasta attachment, I decided to test it out.

I halved the manual’s recipes for egg pasta and spinach pasta, because WOW, over 2lb of pasta.

The recipes are as follows (in their original quantities):

Egg pasta:

4 large eggs (7⁄8 cup eggs)

1⁄2 cup water

3 1⁄2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

Place eggs, water, flour, and salt in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater. Turn to Speed 2 and mix 30 seconds. Exchange flat beater for dough hook. Turn to Speed 2 and knead 2 minutes. Remove dough from bowl and hand knead for 1 to 2 minutes. Let it rest for 20 minutes. Divide dough into 4 pieces before processing with Pasta Sheet Roller attachment.

Spinach pasta:

1 package (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 tablespoon water
4 large eggs (7⁄8 cup eggs)
4 cups sifted al lpurpose flour

Place spinach in a towel and wring out all water until spinach feels very dry. Finely chop spinach using a food grinder attachment, food processor or blender. Place chopped spinach, water, eggs, and flour in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater. Turn to Speed 2 and mix 30 seconds. Exchange flat beater for dough hook. Turn to Speed 2 and knead 2 minutes. Remove dough from bowl and hand knead for 1 to 2 minutes. Divide dough into eight pieces before processing with Pasta Sheet Roller attachment.

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We’ll be eating this for dinner tomorrow, probably with some kind of cheese sauce (mostly because we don’t have any tomatoes, tinned or otherwise, in the house right now and I can’t see me being bothered to go out to buy any).

I really enjoyed making the pasta – there’s something very soothing about it. I did find that the mixer head started jumping up and down once the dough came together – I don’t know if it’s because the beater is too low, or too high, or because the dough is quite stiff. That’s the drawback to being a total KitchenAid newbie – I don’t know what’s normal.

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